Last week, footage of a young Billie Eilish emerged showing her using racist language and behavior.
Well, although Billie has now taken to Instagram to apologize for the footage, fans are still curious about her new boyfriend, Matthew Vorce, who also has a past of using racist language. This scandal comes amid Eilish's queerbaiting accusations after the music video for her recent single "Lost Cause" came out earlier this month.
The clip featured a younger Billie appearing to mouth the word "ch***" - which was used in Tyler the Creator's 2011 song "Fish" as well as speaking with an affected accent.
The Grammy award-winning singer took to her Instagram story, explaining how she was "embarrassed" by the footage and at the time was uneducated at the slur's true meaning.
"I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word. This song was the only time I'd ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family."
"Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry."
"It is absolute gibberish and just me goofing around and is in NO way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST," she wrote, "Anyone who knows me has seen me goofing around with voices my whole life. Regardless of how it was interpreted I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause to pain to people hearing it."
The star used her platform last year to promote the voices of the Black community during the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I not only believe in but have always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality," she added, "We all need to continue having conversations, listening, and learning. I hear you and I love you. Thank you for taking the time to read this."
Billie's new boyfriend, Matthew Vorce, has also apologized for his past use of racist and homophobic language on Twitter and Facebook.
The twenty-nine-year-old actor allegedly used offensive slurs about Black and gay people, as well as comments which body-shamed singer Adele by labeling her as the "British Miss Piggy" back in 2012.
There has been much speculation surrounding Billie's relationship with the actor as there is a 10 year age gap and Matthew's checkered past with racism. Rumors of them dating began back in April when the couple was seen strolling through Santa Barbara together. At one point, Matthew put his arm around the Grammy winner as she rested her head on his shoulder.
They were seen together in Disneyland amid the racism and homophobia rumors earlier this month.
Also in an Instagram story, the actor apologized for any harm or upset his words may have caused.
APOLOGY OF THE DAY: Billie Eilish’s boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce apologizes for resurfaced homophobic and racist comments. Matthew says “I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past. The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible” pic.twitter.com/3Dy3hWYsgi— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) June 17, 2021
"I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past. The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are. Whether it was a lyric, a quote, or just me being dumb, it does not matter," he said.
"I am ashamed and deeply sorry that I used them in any context. It is not how I was raised and it is not what I stand for. I shouldn't have used this language in the first place and I won't use it again. I am so sorry for the hurt I have caused. I take full responsibility and continue to hold myself accountable for my actions."
The scandal comes amid concerns from the LGBTQ+ community that Billie was queerbaiting in her most recent video.
"Lost Cause" shows the young star lounging around with a group of girls dancing, twerking, and hinting at sexual behavior.
There has been conjecture surrounding Billie's sexuality since she turned eighteen however, her past public relationships have all been with men.
Nevertheless, before the release of "Lost Cause", the singer posted a picture of her with the girls to her Instagram captioned "I love girls" which caused many in the queer community to question whether she was using the speculation surrounding her sexuality to gain views.
Queerbaiting is is a marketing technique for fiction and entertainment in which creators hint at, but then do not actually depict, same-sex romance or other LGBTQ+ representation. Usually in order to gain more interest in characters without specifically saying they are gay.